Army officials in Washington released a statement, which reads: “At approximately 9:50 p.m. Friday, two soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.”
“The Destiny Brigade has suffered a great tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased. This is an unfortunate event, and we are saddened by the loss of our fellow soldiers,” Col. Craig Alia, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, said in the statement released by Army officials.
Military officials are investigating this fatal accident, as well as at least three similar incidents in the past week, which brings the total fatalities from military aircraft mishaps over the past week to seven.
Army officials responded to inquiries about whether the recent string of accidents is indicative of a broader issue -- whether aging aircraft platforms and avionics, tired or poorly trained personnel, or a combination of taxed aircraft and military personnel -- by saying that they do not think the mishaps are related.